After School Program Inclusion Project – ‘let’s teach and learn’

This is from Mossyrock Jump Start in Washington state.

TITLE:  Let’s teach and learn

GRADE:  3 – 8

MATERIALS/TIME REQUIRED:  post it notes, sticker dots for voting, calendar for planning; 30-40 minutes

PROVIDE FOR INCLUSION – A You Question, Energizer, or Linking Strategy:  do the strategy ‘pen pals’ (also known as ‘instant bulletin board’), found in your Tribes book.  Invite student to write on the post-it a talent or ability each would like to have.


Content Standard:  To engage students in school to career planning, to explore learning/training opportunities

Collaborative:  Work on tasks together, Participate fully, Reflect on experience

Personal:  Realize personal strengths, responsibility


Use the information shared in the ‘pen pals’ inclusion to brainstorm projects/topics to teach and learn.

Break students into groups of four or five.  Now they can continue brainstorming and/or come to concensus on three possible topics (their top three choices).

Use the sticker dots for a whole group vote (each group will have chosen three topics; facilitator arranges all topics so that each can be voted upon.)

It is helpful to use three different dot  colors and give each color a value (blue = 15, red = 10, yellow = 5)

Once all the votes have been cast and counted, then engage the students in a reflection/planning session of how to best go about implementing the most popular topics.

Use the ‘action plan’ for WHO will do WHAT, by WHEN and put some doable dates on the calendar.

Now you have more than one guest speaker, activity, field trip, special presentation for the students; the community is likely involved, and the students have a voice and choice in their education after school!


Content:  What did you learn about your own learning?!

Collaborative/social:  What was your level of participation?  What did you find particularly easy or frustrating?

Personal:  How helpful were you to others?  How helpful were others to you?  What did you like about this strategy?  When is a good time to use it?

You (facilitator) may also invite cares-concerns-compliments…and/or I-messages



AUTHENTIC ASSESSMENT:  Since this strategy really IS a reflective practice, and authentic assessment might be to summarize, either verbally, visually, or write it.






Group Development Process


►Cognitive Theory


Multiple Intelligences


►Cooperative Learning




►Reflective Practice


►Authentic Assessment